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If left untreated, bubonic plague has a mortality rate of 50 to 90 percent. This portion of the eMedTV archives discusses the causes, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of this disease and offers statistics on its prevalence throughout history.
Plague is a general term for three diseases caused by bacteria called Yersinia pestis. The information in this eMedTV segment covers the history, types, transmission, treatment, and prevention of the disease, and offers links to more information.
Pneumonic plague is one of the three types of plague caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria. This portion of the eMedTV archives discusses this disease in detail, including the incubation period, symptoms, and treatment methods.
This eMedTV Web page describes how septicemic plague can result from the bite of an infected animal or as a complication of untreated pneumonic or bubonic plague. This page also explains treatments, symptoms, and transmission methods.
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Yersinia pestis are bacteria often found in rats and other animals, and can cause plague. This eMedTV Web page discusses this organism in detail, including transmission methods, and offers statistics about how often human infections typically occur.
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